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Minoxidil Topical Dosage

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 11, 2023.

Applies to the following strengths: 2%; 5%

Usual Adult Dose for:

Additional dosage information:

Usual Adult Dose for Alopecia

Apply a half capful or 1 mL twice a day to the affected scalp areas
Maximum dose: 2 mL


  • Evidence of hair growth may take 2 months or more of twice daily applications.
  • If hair regrowth occurs, use must be continued for continued hair growth; re-grown hair may disappear within 3 to 4 months of stopping and the balding process will continue.
  • Discontinue if no improvement after 1 year of use.

Renal Dose Adjustments

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Liver Dose Adjustments

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  • Some formulations are contraindicated in women; the manufacturer product information should be consulted
  • Use for hair loss other than as indicated; not intended for frontal baldness or receding hairline
  • No family history of hair loss
  • Sudden or patchy hair loss
  • Unknown cause of hair loss
  • Use in children
  • Red, inflamed, infected, irritated or painful scalp
  • Use with other scalp medications

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 18 years.
This drug is not recommended for use in children.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.


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Further information

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